Jen Bartel Launches Artist Mentorship at Flame Con

Jen Bartel

Co-creator and Artist of BLACKBIRD Announces Artist Collaboration

Brooklyn, New York – March 1, 2019 – Flame Con, created by the LGBTQ non-profit Geeks OUT, is announcing the debut of an artist mentorship program, created and led by illustrator and comic artist, Jen Bartel. The program will launch at Flame Con where Bartel will mentor and guide two artists through the process of preparing to table at a comic convention.

“When I was invited to Flame Con as a guest this year, I began to think about ways that I could give back to help other artists succeed, and I decided that a community driven show like Flame Con was the perfect convention to launch a mentorship program,” said Bartel, “I’d like to share the knowledge and experience that I’ve gained over the past few years with newcomers—my hope is that it will help foster a culture of sharing information and that the artists I work with will pass on what they learn to others.”

The artists will be selected through an application process, of which only accepted half table lottery submissions will be eligible. Two artists will be selected by Bartel with the help of experienced convention organizer Andrea Demonakos, with the goal of financially supporting and preparing the artists to table at Flame Con. Upon selection, Bartel will work with each artist and guide them in the process of selecting vendors, product development, creating promotional materials, and more.

“We were so excited when Jen approached us with the idea of launching an artist mentorship at Flame Con”, said Nicole Gitau, Geeks OUT President & Special Guests Lead for Flame Con. “Flame Con has always been an event by our community and for our community. Seeing creators come together to celebrate each other’s work and support each other’s careers has been absolutely inspiring over the last four years. Artistic and economic solidarity is vital in this cultural climate and we couldn’t be happier to see relationships like these bloom at the convention. We cannot wait to see the final product of Jen’s mentorship and hope it lives on beyond Flame Con.”

Eligibility is limited to vendors who have been selected for a half table at Flame Con and have an active portfolio to share. Applications for the mentorship are open from March 1, 2019 through March 20, 2019. Acceptances will go out on March 25, 2019 with the mentorship beginning in April. To apply, please visit: www.jenbartel.com/mentorship.

Tickets for Flame Con are available now via Eventbrite, with full weekend and individual day tickets for sale. For more information on Flame Con, please visit www.flamecon.org and for more information on Geeks OUT, please visit www.geeksout.org.

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About Geeks OUT
Geeks OUT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rallying, empowering and promoting the queer geek community. Founded in 2010 with the goal of bringing a positive queer presence to local comic conventions, Geeks OUT now hosts events in five major cities, attends conventions across the nation and produces the world’s largest LGBTQ comic convention – Flame Con. Geeks OUT is also the publisher behind Power and the forthcoming Serving Pride: The Queer History Dinner Party Handbook. For more information please visit www.geeksout.org.

Media Contact: Michelle Rose Micor, (312) 618-4792, michelle@geeksout.org

Flame Con Welcomes Iasmin Omar Ata!

Iasmin Omar Ata

Iasmin Omar Ata is a Middle Eastern / Muslim / epileptic comics artist, game designer, and illustrator whose work revolves around the themes of coping with illness, understanding identity, dismantling oppressive structures, and Arab-Islamic futurism. Their recent graphic novel, Mis(h)adra, is a searingly honest and vivid account of epileptic lived experience that has resonated with readers and reviewers alike. Iasmin thrives on dedication, dreams, and hard work — and believes wholeheartedly in the healing power of art.

Flame Con Welcomes Erin Nations!

Erin Nations

Erin Nations is the writer and illustrator of the comic book series Gumballs published by Top Shelf Productions. His work has appeared in Original Plumbing magazine, Full Bleed, and the We’re Still Here anthology. He is a frequent contributor to the quarterly comics newspaper Vision Quest. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

World’s Largest Queer Comic Con Announces Fourth Annual Flame Con

Flame Con, created by the LGBTQ non-profit Geeks OUT, is announcing its fourth annual expo on Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19. After a record year of 6,000 attendees in 2017, Flame Con will be relocating to a new venue at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel to accommodate a larger exhibitor floor, panel rooms, special hotel stay rates and more. Tickets for the con and registration for exhibitors and vendors are now open.

NYC’s First Queer Comic Con Returns August 18 at New Venue

Brooklyn, New York – January 25, 2018 – Flame Con, created by the LGBTQ non-profit Geeks OUT, is announcing its fourth annual expo on Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19. After a record year of 6,000 attendees in 2017, Flame Con will be relocating to a new venue at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel to accommodate a larger exhibitor floor, panel rooms, special hotel stay rates and more. Tickets for the con and registration for exhibitors and vendors are now open.

“I am beyond thrilled to be bringing Flame Con back for our fourth year,” said Steve Gianaca, Vice President of Geeks OUT and Flame Con Chair. “Geek culture through a queer lens has always been our premise and, with the continuous support from the LGBTQ community, we are constantly growing. I cannot wait for our attendees to experience the same ethos of fun and inclusion in our new venue.”

SparQ Fund is also returning this year helping make this year’s con more accessible by funding ADA compliant ramps. Last year’s SparQ Fund hosted artists Ethan Parker and Amy Reeder, who supported collaborative art workshops for over 100 attendees, featuring their art throughout the convention floor. Through the SparQ Fund, Flame Con aims to provide the entire LGBTQ community with the opportunity to experience meaningful, provocative art that reflects themselves. The SparQ Fund will be sponsored by Hive Works again this year, joining another returning sponsor, Webtoon who will once again be hosting our annual vendor brunch.

Last year’s con featured over 200 queer-oriented vendors alongside the likes of feature creators Kate Leth (Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat!) Dan Parent (Life with Kevin), Steve Orlando (Supergirl) and more. The con also played host to celebrity special guests Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham) and Vincent Rodriguez III (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). This year, Flame Con is happy to be welcoming back some of last year’s featured guests such as Sina Grace (Burn the Orphanage, Li’l Depressed Boy)

“Flame Con was hands-down one of the best convention experiences of my life,” said Sina Grace, comics writer and artist. “I begged the gracious and wonderful crew at Geeks OUT to have me back, and I’m beyond thrilled to celebrate comics with the most inclusive and loving bunch of people I’ve ever met.”

In addition to Grace, Flame Con looks forward to hosting the creative talents of Tee Franklin (Bingo Love), illustrator Jen Bartel and more. Featuring hundreds of creators exhibiting queer-positive comics, arts, crafts, clothes and entertainment, Flame Con is open to all ages and will be free for all youth on Sunday, August 19.

Tickets to Flame Con are available through Eventbrite and will feature Daily, Weekend and Weekend VIP passes which includes access to the official 2018 Flame Con party. Tickets can be purchased at www.flamecon.eventbrite.com.

Registration for vendors and exhibitors is also open and can register at www.flamecontables.eventbrite.com.

For more information on Flame Con, please visit www.flamecon.org and for more information on Geeks OUT, please visit www.geeksout.org.

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About Flame Con
Flame Con is the first New York City-based and world’s largest queer comic con. Created by LGBTQ non-profit organization Geeks OUT, the fan expo is entering its fourth year. Each year, the convention hosts a wide range of special guests within the LGBTQ community giving fans opportunities to interact with them during panels and on the exhibitor floor, featuring some of the most popular cosplayers, queer artists, vendors and more. For more information, please visit www.flamecon.org.

About Geeks OUT
Geeks OUT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rallying, empowering and promoting the queer geek community. Founded in 2010 with the goal of bringing a positive queer presence to local comic conventions, Geeks OUT now hosts events in five major cities, attends conventions across the nation and produces the world’s largest LGBTQ comic convention – Flame Con. Geeks OUT is also the publisher behind
Power and the forthcoming Serving Pride: The Queer History Dinner Party Handbook. For more information please visit www.geeksout.org.

Media Contact: Michelle Rose Micor, (312) 618-4792, michelle@geeksout.org


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